NBA Finals: Game 2 Recap
The end is here friends. Since the season started in October everything has been building up to this….. The NBA Finals! Luckily for us basketball fans we get to see the two best teams in the NBA in a dream match-up. The Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs. After each and every game make sure to check Sportazine for my recaps!
Going into Sunday nights game the Miami Heat once again seemed to be on the ropes. Once again we wondered if Bosh and Wade would contribute, we wondered if LeBron needed to be more aggressive after scoring a pedestrian 18 points in Game 1. We wondered if they could contain the seemingly unstoppable Spurs offense and Tony Parker. For nearly 3 full quarters it seemed like the Spurs were going to pull it out and go up 2-0 in the series. But then once again, like they did against Chicago and Indiana, this Miami Heat team showed that they can go to another level defensively and used a 33-5 run that started late in the 3rd quarter to blow out the Spurs 103-84.
After committing only 4 turnovers in Game 1, the Spurs gave the ball away 17 times Sunday, which led to 19 Miami points. The key contributors for the Spurs also had off games. Ginobili, Parker and Duncan combined to shoot 10-33 and 9 turnovers. Manu especially struggled with his ballhandling and looked off from the start of the game. The Heat’s activeness defensively prevented the Spurs from running their pick-and-roll offensive effectively, and many times we saw passes from Tony Parker to a rolling Splitter or Duncan (passes that worked in Game 1) getting swiped at by Heat players.
The Spurs actually were hanging around until the 3rd quarter, relying on Danny Green (17 points, 6-6 from the field and five 3-pointers) and playing some great defense. Once again LeBron had an inefficient game from the field, needing 17 shots to score 17 points. But that’s what makes LeBron the best basketball player in the world, he doesn’t need to score to dominate a game. He had 8 rebounds, and 7 assists and an earth-destroying block on Tiago Splitter in the 4th quarter. Before the 3rd quarter run LeBron’s apparent lack of aggression was similar to what happened in the 2011 Finals against the Mavericks. Like all great players LeBron (and the entire Miami team as well) have a switch they can turn on and play at a level that no other team can go to.
The other 2 parts of the Miami Big 3 stepped up as well. Early in the game it was Wade being aggressive and driving to the basket with his trademark recklessness (he finished with 10 points) and late it was Bosh hitting some key jumpshots (he chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds) to go along with Mario Chalmers who thoroughly outplayed Tony Parker in the 2nd half and led the Heat in scoring with 19 points. The shooters for Miami had a big game as well. As a team they shot 52% from the perimeter, and Mike Miller and Ray Allen made 6 three’s between them.
With the series now tied 1-1, Game 3 is on Tuesday in San Antonio